CAR FIRE SPARKS SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY

A vegetation fire in Morongo Valley was sparked by a car that had just come out of the Morongo Grade Thursday evening. According to Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Mark Murphy, the male driver of a 1993 Buick noticed the car had started smoking and pulled way over on to the

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RUGGED DESERT HOT SPRINGS WASH

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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NEW PERFORMANCES FOR “DRIVING MISS DAISY” AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theatre has added several performances to the run of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Reporter Rebecca Havely is directing the show and has all the details… The cast and crew have rehearsals well underway for “Driving Miss Daisy.” The cast includes, Joy Groves, Horace Miller and Dave Jessup. The

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 7:47 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday morning, accusing of violating a restraining order by stalking and harassing his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gregory Lonsdale, 60, of the 53200 block of Altadena Avenue in Morongo Valley threatened his neighbor and pointed a handgun at him on July 31.

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SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN MORONGO VALLEY RAPE

A registered sex offender in Morongo Valley was arrested Wednesday, after he was accused of raping a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman went to a residence in the 49600 block of Paradise Avenue in Morongo Valley Monday to get a tattoo from Aaron “Dino” Pearson, 48. The

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD LOOKING INTO ADDITIONAL TAXES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met last night. Additional taxes, super majority, and a lease were all om the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at that meeting and files this report…

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors formed an ad hoc committee to investigate

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says state surplus, a special tax, and defining a super majority are all on the agenda…

In Morongo Valley, the Community Services District holds the regular third Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. in the Covington Park Community

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SCHOOL BOARD IN WORKSHOP/STUDY SESSION TONIGHT

In a 5:30 p.m. work/study session tonight, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the single plans for student achievement for Landers, Morongo Valley, Palm Vista, and Oasis elementary schools. Those plans will be approved during the 7 p.m. open session. During a closed session, the board

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TWO INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY

Two people were injured, one seriously, during a single-vehicle rollover crash in Morongo Valley Sunday. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Andrew Behrens said that shortly before 7 p.m., rescue personnel were called to a crash in the eastbound lane of Highway 62, just east of Sundown Trail. A Ford Focus had

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified school District is offering speech screening for kids from 3 to 5 years old tomorrow and Wednesday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss this important opportunity… The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings

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MEET YOUR MAC: TODAY GAYLE SWARAT

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the District Supervisor. Since they hadn’t been subject to voter scrutiny, we thought Morongo Basin residents should know something about the people representing the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork asked

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CANDIDATE FILING EXTENDED FOR MORONGO VALLEY CSD

Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for the November 3rd Consolidated Election; however, that deadline must be extended when an incumbent does not file and that’s exactly the case for one local special district office. Assignment reporter, Mike Lipsitz, has details… In Morongo Valley, long-time Community Services

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TOMORROW IS THE CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE LOCAL RACES

The deadline to file as a candidate for some local offices is tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what is open and how to file… Friday, August 7 is the deadline for candidate filing for the November Consolidated Election. Several local board seats are open including two seats on the

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UPDATE: WIDESPREAD VERIZON OUTAGE HAS BEEN RESTORED

As of 3:53 this afternoon, it appears that all cellular and internet services, emergency services, as well as ATMs and credit card networks are back online. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning.

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DAMAGED TRUNKLINE IN PALM SPRINGS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR WIDESPREAD CELLULAR OUTAGE

According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning. This is affecting all Verizon landline and cell service, including 911. The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services is in the process of making arrangements

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EDUCATION PLANNING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College wants you to help it develop a long-term education master plan. It will hold a public meeting Tuesday, August 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. On Wednesday, August 5, CMC will hold another meeting from 6 to

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MORONGO BASIN LIVE THEATERS NET 59 DESERT STAR NOMINATIONS

The Community Theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for a combined 59 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2014/2015 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

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FRIENDS OF COVINGTON PARK FORMING IN MORONGO VALLEY

A centuries long symbol of intelligence, the owl is also revered for excellent night vision. There is no such thing as a flock of owls because when owls gather, it’s known as a “parliament.” Morongo Valley is seeking a parliament of sorts; they’re calling it, “Friends of Covington Park.” Reporter

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFER LO-COST VACCINE AND MICROCHIP SERVICE

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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